Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Chorley

Contact: Philippa Braithwaite  Email: philippa.braithwaite@chorley.gov.uk

Items
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19.EC.91

Minutes of meeting Thursday, 17 January 2019 of Executive Cabinet pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Minutes:

Decision: That the minutes of the Executive Cabinet meeting held on 17 January 2019 be confirmed as a correct record for signature by the Executive Leader.

19.EC.92

Declarations of Any Interests

Members are reminded of their responsibility to declare any pecuniary interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda.

 

If you have a pecuniary interest you must withdraw from the meeting. Normally you should leave the room before the business starts to be discussed. You do, however, have the same right to speak as a member of the public and may remain in the room to enable you to exercise that right and then leave immediately. In either case you must not seek to improperly influence a decision on the matter.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interests.

19.EC.93

Public Questions

Members of the public who have requested the opportunity to ask a question(s) on an item(s) on the agenda will have three minutes to put their question(s) to the respective Executive Member(s).  Each member of the public will be allowed to ask one short supplementary question. 

Minutes:

There were no public questions received.

19.EC.94

Chorley Council Performance Monitoring – Third Quarter 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 357 KB

To consider and receive the report of the Director (Policy and Governance).

Decision:

That the report be noted.

Minutes:

Councillor Peter Wilson, Executive Member (Resources), presented the report of the Director (Policy and Governance) which sets out the performance against the delivery of the Corporate Strategy and key performance indicators during the third quarter of 2018/19, 1 October – 31 December 2018.

 

Overall, performance of key projects is good, with nine (75%) of the projects rated as green or complete and three (25%) projects currently rated amber. Performance of the Corporate Strategy indicators and key service delivery measures is also good, with 89% of Corporate Strategy measures performing on or above target or within the 5% threshold, and 89% of key service delivery measures are performing on or above target or within the 5% threshold. Those indicators performing below target have action plans outlined with measures to improve performance.

 

In response to a Member’s query about Primrose Gardens, Councillor Jane Fitzsimons confirmed 40 provisional offers had been sent out with more places to be offered as the building opened. With regard to the levels of sickness absence, Councillor Wilson advised that the figures were skewed from long term sickness absences and that there was no single reason or department responsible.

 

Decision:

That the report be noted.

 

Reasons for Recommendation(s):

To facilitate the on-going analysis and management of the Council’s performance in delivering the Corporate Strategy.

 

Alternative options considered and rejected:

None.

19.EC.95

Revenue & Capital Budget Monitoring 2018/19 Report 3 pdf icon PDF 196 KB

To consider and receive the report of the Chief Finance Officer.

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.    Note the full year forecast position for the 2018/19 revenue budget and capital investment programme.

2.    Note the forecast position on the Council's reserves.

3.    Request Council approval for the contribution of £100,000 from in-year revenue underspends to finance the next phase of CCTV infrastructure in the capital programme.

4.    Request Council approval for the contribution of £60,000 from in-year revenue underspends to the Income Generation Reserve.

5.    Request Council approval for the contribution of £210,000 from in-year revenue underspends to create a Council Tax Costs Bad Debt Provision.

6.    Request Executive Cabinet approval for the contribution of £40,000 from in-year revenue underspends to the Market Walk income equalisation reserve.

7.    Request Council note the capital programme to be delivered in 2018/19 to 2020/21.

8.    Request Council approve the budget changes to the capital programme outlined in paragraph 50.

Minutes:

Councillor Peter Wilson, Executive Member (Resources), presented the report of the Chief Finance Officer which sets out the provisional revenue and capital outturn figures for the Council as compared against the budgets and efficiency savings targets set for the financial year 2018/19.

 

Decision:

1.    Note the full year forecast position for the 2018/19 revenue budget and capital investment programme.

 

2.    Note the forecast position on the Council's reserves.

 

3.    Request Council approval for the contribution of £100,000 from in-year revenue underspends to finance the next phase of CCTV infrastructure in the capital programme.

 

4.    Request Council approval for the contribution of £60,000 from in-year revenue underspends to the Income Generation Reserve.

 

5.    Request Council approval for the contribution of £210,000 from in-year revenue underspends to create a Council Tax Costs Bad Debt Provision.

 

6.    Request Executive Cabinet approval for the contribution of £40,000 from in-year revenue underspends to the Market Walk income equalisation reserve.

 

7.    Request Council note the capital programme to be delivered in 2018/19 to 2020/21.

 

8.    Request Council approve the budget changes to the capital programme outlined in paragraph 50.

 

Reasons for Recommendation(s):

To ensure the Council’s budgetary targets are achieved.

 

Alternative options considered and rejected:

None.

19.EC.96

Housing Strategy pdf icon PDF 122 KB

To consider and receive the report of the Director (Early Intervention and Support).

Additional documents:

Decision:

That the draft housing strategy be accepted for consultation and presentation to Council for approval.

Minutes:

Councillor Jane Fitzsimons, Executive Member (Homes and Housing), presented the report of the Director (Early Intervention and Support) which sets out the draft housing strategy for consideration and approval to consult with stakeholders. The strategy is a live document covering the period 2019 to 2024, with an action plan for the first 12 months that will be reviewed and refreshed each year.

 

Decision:

That the draft housing strategy be accepted for consultation and presentation to Council for approval.

 

Reasons for Recommendation(s):

The housing strategy provides an opportunity to set out in a single document the range and depth of work undertaken by the council in relation to housing. Consulting on the strategy provides the opportunity for partners and other stakeholders to provide feedback and work with the council.

 

Alternative options considered and rejected:

To not consult on the strategy. This was rejected because the consultation provides an opportunity to potentially refine the strategy and to engage with partners on its delivery.

19.EC.97

Exclusion of the Public and Press

To consider the exclusion of the press and public for the following items of business on the ground that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.

 

By Virtue of Paragraph 3: Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)

Condition:

Information is not exempt if it is required to be registered under-

The Companies Act 1985

The Friendly Societies Act 1974

The Friendly Societies Act 1992

The Industrial and Provident Societies Acts 1965 to 1978

The Building Societies Act 1986 (recorded in the public file of any building society, within the meaning of the Act)

The Charities Act 1993

Information is exempt to the extent that, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

Information is not exempt if it relates to proposed development for which the local planning authority may grant itself planning permission pursuant to Regulation 3 of the Town & Country Planning General Regulations 1992(a).

Decision:

To exclude the public and press.

Minutes:

Decision: To exclude the press and public for the following items of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.

19.EC.98

Provision of IT Connectivity and Equipment at Chorley Digital Office Park

To consider and receive the report of the Director (Business, Development and Growth).

Decision:

That authority be given to place a direct order with the supplier for the ongoing connection and software costs for the primary and back-up circuit connections at CDOP.

Minutes:

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Executive Member (Economic Development & Public Service Reform), presented the confidential report of the Director (Business Development and Growth)) which seeks approval to place a direct order for the ongoing connection, servicing and software solutions for the primary and back-up circuit connection installations at Chorley Digital Office Park (CDOP).

 

Members noted that the previous procurement exercise had failed to identify a suitable provider for the data/broadband (BB) provision. As the requirement to procure a service provider is time critical, Essensys, who were previously involved at the design stage of the project, were approached and have confirmed that they would be able to provide both data/BB services as part of a complete Digital Office Hub management solution encompassing both IT and management systems.

 

Gary Hall, Chief Executive, advised that although not the original plan, this outcome was preferred as Essensys offered a purpose-built software application specifically designed for multi tenanted buildings. In addition, having one provider offered a managed service approach resulting in better day to day control.

 

Decision:

That authority be given to place a direct order with the supplier Essensys Ltd for the ongoing connection and software costs for the primary and back-up circuit connections at CDOP.

 

Reasons for Recommendation(s):

Due to a previously unsuccessful procurement exercise and the time taken to comprehensively investigate an alternative data/broadband solution for CDOP, the time period until the building opens is constrained. Approval for an advance order for a time-critical part of the installation has been secured via a procurement waiver to ensure that the CDOP opens on time and is fit for purpose from the outset.

 

Alternative options considered and rejected:

To re-start procurement and prepare and re-tender for broadband services. There is a lead-in time of up to 3-months for connections and this combined with the timescales for re-tendering for this procurement would significantly jeopardise the building being fully-operational for tenants opening.

19.EC.99

Approval for Procurement of Contractors to Undertake Reactive and Planned Maintenance

To consider and receive the report of the Director (Business, Development and Growth).

Decision:

1.    Approval to tender for the appointment of four contractors to undertake general building repairs, electrical works, gas/heating works and alarms system maintenance for both reactive and planned works. Each independent contract to commence on 6th May 2019 for an initial one-year period, with an option to extend for a further two years to 31st March 2022.

2.    Approval for the contracts to be awarded by the Executive Member (Resources) by means of an Executive Member Decision.

Minutes:

Councillor Peter Wilson, Executive Member (Resources), presented the confidential report of the Director (Business, Development & Growth) which seeks approval for the procurement approach including the award procedure, evaluation methodology and criteria for the engagement of contractors to undertake reactive and planned maintenance on council property assets.

 

Decision:

1.    Approval to tender for the appointment of four contractors to undertake general building repairs, electrical works, gas/heating works and alarms system maintenance for both reactive and planned works. Each independent contract to commence on 6th May 2019 for an initial one-year period, with an option to extend for a further two years to 31st March 2022.

 

2.    Approval for the contracts to be awarded by the Executive Member (Resources) by means of an Executive Member Decision.

 

Reasons for Recommendation(s):

1.    The Council has statutory obligations to provide quarterly, bi annual and annual service and testing requirements to comply with health and safety and statutory requirements. The Council has a contractual obligation with its tenants to provide reactive and planned maintenance in a timely manner, providing emergency repairs as necessary. This proposed tender exercise ensures that these services will enable the Council to fulfil its obligations.

 

2.    The Councils Contract Procurement Rules stipulate that Executive Cabinet approval is required for all contracts over £100,000. Tendering the services separately is likely to encourage smaller local enterprises to submit tenders, the prospects of which would reduce if the services were tendered as a combined package.

 

Alternative options considered and rejected:

 

1.    The option of seeking a waiver to extend the existing delivery arrangements for the Reactive and Planned Maintenance services was explored but rejected on the basis that there was no reasonable justification for doing this any longer.

 

2.    The option of bringing the services in-house was considered but ruled out due to lack of capacity within the present staffing structure to deliver the service. In addition there are concerns that insufficient skilled trade’s persons could be recruited to provide adequate 24 hour cover. Also it was deemed that overhead cost would significantly inflate the delivery cost.

 

3.    The option of tendering the services in a combined tender was also considered but rejected. The Council’s research and past experience in tendering repairs and maintenance services has shown that a limited number of contractors would express an interest. Usually larger contractors are attracted which have the diverse skill base to cover all work categories. This would therefore, likely to deter local companies from expressing an interest in these tender opportunities.